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    Hi

    I know we can say
    Why did the sales manager leave early?

    But what about “Why does the sales manager leave early?”

    Is this correct?

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    Default Re: Does/Did

    Yes, but it refers to aan action taking place at a different time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blissful View Post
    Hi

    I know we can say
    Why did the sales manager leave early?

    But what about “Why does the sales manager leave early?”

    Is this correct?
    If he regularly leave early, then your question would fit if you're asking about a habitual action.

    Why did the sales manager leave early? = Why did he leave early on one specific occasion?

    Why does the sales manager leave early? = Why does he frequently/always leave early?

    Why is the sales manager leaving early? = The sales manager is in the process of walking out of the door before the normal time. You would ask this question at that time, while you can still see him leaving.

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    Hi

    Thank you for your replies.

    Is it possible to say “Why did the sales manager leave early today?” in this scenario

    The sales manager left at 10am in the morning, at 3pm in the afternoon one asks “Why did the sales manager leave early today?”

    From an earlier post, I learned that we cannot say “He does not go to school”, please advise if we can say “He does not leave early.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by blissful View Post
    Hi

    Thank you for your replies.

    Is it possible to say “Why did the sales manager leave early today?” in this scenario

    The sales manager left at 10am in the morning, at 3pm in the afternoon one asks “Why did the sales manager leave early today?”
    Yes. That would be the perfect question.

    From an earlier post, I learned that we cannot say “He does not go to school”, please advise if we can say “He does not leave early.”
    Again, context is everything. I was part of that previous thread and we explained that you can say "He does not go to school" but only if you are saying that he never goes to school, he does not attend school at all, he is taught at home etc. Equally, you can say "He does not leave early" but only if you are trying to say that he always stays at work until the end of the working day, he never leaves early.

    See above.

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    Hi

    Thank you for the reply.

    Sorry, I made a mistake.

    It should be we cannot say "He doesn't go to school today".

    Another question, should it be I've made a mistake or I made a mistake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blissful View Post
    Hi

    Thank you for the reply.

    Sorry, I made a mistake.

    It should be we cannot say "He doesn't go to school today". Yes we can. For example, if he doesn't go to school on Wednesdays and today is Wednesday, it's perfectly acceptable.
    Bhai.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blissful View Post
    Another question, should it be I've made a mistake or I made a mistake.
    Both are possible, depending on context.

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    It should be we cannot say "He doesn't go to school today". Yes we can. For example, if he doesn't go to school on Wednesdays and today is Wednesday, it's perfectly acceptable.

    Bhaisahab - there was a really long thread about this recently, and the majority of us explained that "doesn't" doesn't go with "today". We said that it would be put as "He isn't going to school today", "He didn't go to school today", "He couldn't go to school today". The context given in that thread was that the child hadn't gone to school that day because he had a fever, so it was a one-off event.

    I get your drift here, as in "Wednesday is the one day of the week that he doesn't go to school and today is Wednesday". However, I think in that case, if someone asked the child's mother "Is Joe at school today?", she would be more likely to say "No, he doesn't go to school on Wednesdays", than "He doesn't go to school today".


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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It should be we cannot say "He doesn't go to school today". Yes we can. For example, if he doesn't go to school on Wednesdays and today is Wednesday, it's perfectly acceptable.

    Bhaisahab - there was a really long thread about this recently, and the majority of us explained that "doesn't" doesn't go with "today". We said that it would be put as "He isn't going to school today", "He didn't go to school today", "He couldn't go to school today". The context given in that thread was that the child hadn't gone to school that day because he had a fever, so it was a one-off event.

    I get your drift here, as in "Wednesday is the one day of the week that he doesn't go to school and today is Wednesday". However, I think in that case, if someone asked the child's mother "Is Joe at school today?", she would be more likely to say "No, he doesn't go to school on Wednesdays", than "He doesn't go to school today".

    She might be more likely to say "No, he doesn't go to school on Wednesdays", but I am not convinced that she couldn't or wouldn't say "He doesn't go to school today".

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